Should Elderly Drivers Face Restrictions? (POLL)
America’s roads..are aging. Not the pavement, the drivers. According to AAA by 2020, one in six drivers will be over age 65.
According to leading gerontology experts (study of aging) many elderly drivers voluntarily cut back on their driving, based upon their comfort level behind the wheel. Many, for example, find that with eyesight challenges, they stop driving at night. Or others will confine their driving to the city, and avoid freeways and higher speeds. Much of it has to do with dimishing motor skills that can often cause issues behind the wheel.
However, for others who refuse to surrender their independence, accidents often force them, or family members, to take action to get them off the roads. With more Americans living longer, the number of elderly drivers is increasing, and therefore, the number of accidents involving drivers over the age of 65. One solution is to have drivers over 60-62 or 65 renew their license in person.
This would require them to take the eye and color tests, to make sure their visibility is as sharp as it needs to be. States who require this have found accidents and incidents a bit lower involving older drivers. However, 14 states do not require elderly drivers to renew in person.
The other factor is preserving the independence and dignity of elderly drivers. Many public safety officials worry that overlegislating elderly drivers is not fair, and could create a backlash. What are your thoughts? Do you believe drivers over the age of 62-65 should face additional restrictions? Take our poll.